Latest posts by ColinA

Does ash enhance the soil?

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 14:49


All ash from rubbish burnt on my allotment is bagged when dry and used around fruit bushes every winter as it is a good source of potash, my father was a gardener all his life and used to swear by it

Briggs and stratton classic engine

Posted: 05/12/2016 at 14:26

I am a retired Briggs & Stratton dealer and used to run my own garden machinery business


Briggs and stratton classic engine

Posted: 05/12/2016 at 14:00

The part shown is a decompressor to lower the compression for easier starting when pulling the engine over

Colin A


Posted: 10/10/2016 at 13:43

I use a jeyes fluid mix in early spring and then hose it down to rinse


Buying Seed Potatoes

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 15:10

Rather than order online I prefer to go to local garden centres and see what I am buying, also in spring Wilko have a good selection of early and late varieties at resonable cost.


Shop bought multipurpose compost

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 16:57

I stopped using bought compost a few years ago due to the rubbish in it and the poor quality.I now make my own leaf mould and mix in equal amount with garden soil and Irish peat of which I buy one a year. Next yer i am going to add well rotted horse manure as well

which is the best fertiliser

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 15:40

I too swear by comfrey now it gives excellent results, I feed once a week, my method of making it is to fill a plastic dustbin half full with chopped up comfrey and then fill with water to just above the plant material. As above wait till the perfume is strong I mix two pints to a 10Ltr watering can. Top up with water and fresh plant material as and when required.


Posted: 19/07/2016 at 14:46

My strawberries also failed this year, they are two year old plants in the garden they put out only a few leaves which started rotting, the fruit has been small and few compared to last year. I take new runners every three years to keep the plants fresh but this year it did not work

Potato Blight

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 08:41

Romano is a modified version of Desiree and seems ok

Problems with germination

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 14:59


I had an excellent crop of carrots (Autumn King) last year, this year i sowed the same variety with 2000 seeds in the pack and only 6 or so germinated. So i hoed them out and resowed another 2000 seeds this time only 2 have germinated.

That means no carrot for us this year

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